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England's roads set to benefit from £15bn investment

December 1, 2014 12:01 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

England's roads are set to benefit from £15bn of upgrade investment it has been announced today.

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander has announced plans to triple levels of spending by the end of the decade to increase the capacity and condition of England's roads.

Improving Britain's roads is a massive priority for the Liberal Democrats. Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander have ensured that improving Britain's infrastructure is at the heart of the Coalition's agenda and the upcoming Autumn Statement.

As part of the Road Investment Strategy announced today (December 1), more than 100 new road schemes will be developed. These include creating smart motorways by adding extra lanes to key motorways and tackling congestion on key networks.

Spending during the next parliament on England's roads network will be boosted further by maintenance funding worth more than £10bn across the local and national road network.

Projects include:

In the South West: a commitment of £2bn to dual the entire A303 and A358 to the south west, including a tunnel at Stonehenge.

In the North East: setting aside £290mto complete the dualling of the A1 all the way from London to Ellingham.

In the East of England: investing £300m to upgrade the east-west connection to Norfolk, by dualling sections of the A47 and improving its connections to the A1 and A11, building on the recently completed full dualling of the A11 from London to Norwich.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said:

"World class infrastructure is vital if we are to build a stronger economy, but it matters in other ways to. It invigorates communities and gives people more opportunities to get on in life. This is why I have ensured that this government has prioritised funding roads, and railways, at a high level for future generations.

"For decades our roads have suffered from under investment, so I'm particularly delighted to be able to announce this expansive range of new road schemes today. Investment on this scale is only possible because we have taken the difficult decisions needed to control our public finances and stuck to our recovery plan which is now delivering strong growth and record numbers of jobs.

"These projects, like the scheme on the A303, will help unleash the economic potential of both the regions they serve and of the overall economy."